Today I’m sharing my reads from this past month. Overall, it was a pretty great reading month filled with a few classics and some new books, too! I’ll first share this month’s reading stats and then move on to highlight the books themselves.
This month I read…
Books by women: 6 / 6
Books by PoC: 2 / 6
Favorite pick of the month: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
Now, onto the books!
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (available here from Book Depository)
I gave Nightingale 4 / 5 stars and you can read my review post here.
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (available here from Book Depository)
I gave Bonfire 4 / 5 stars and you can read my review post here.
Kindred by Octavia Butler (available here from Book Depository)
This was my first time reading this sci-fi classic and I’m so glad I did! Kindred is a difficult read in terms of content but Butler does a fantastic job of writing about racism, slavery, and how such horrific acts can become accepted behavior. I gave Kindred 4 / 5 stars.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (available here from Book Depository)
While not my favorite Austen novel, I did enjoy this overall. I thought the character development was quite good, despite Fanny being my least favorite Austen heroine. I also thought Austen’s class commentary was extra sharp with this novel and her wit especially sharp. I gave Mansfield Park 3 / 5 stars.
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (available here from Book Depository)
This is such a fun middle grade read! I can’t stop talking and writing about this delightful family-oriented novel. This is a perfect read for any age and highlights the strength and love of a quirky family. I gave Vanderbeekers 5/5 stars and you can read my in-depth thoughts in my review post here.
Wilde in Love by Eloisa James (available here from Book Depository)
This was quite the fun read! It was my first James romance novel and I definitely plan on picking up more of her books. I appreciated that even though I knew how this would ultimately end, there were fun plot developments along the way. The characters were entertaining and quirky and I enjoyed the dynamic between the leading couple. I gave this 4 / 5 stars and would definitely recommend this book.
That’s it for this month! What books did you finish this month?